Whether you dream often and vividly, or don't have strong dream recall at all, the Moon can help you to connect deeply to your dream world, and thus enhance your waking life.
Remembering and processing your dreams is one of the most powerful ways to understand your own psychological makeup and to deal with pressing problems in your relationship and family life. It's also wonderful for taking creative leaps and mastering career issues -- whatever you seek to do. Your dreams are yours to explore and make use of. Why waste precious hours of sleep? Dig into your dreams for answers to life's daily problems! Of course, restorative sleep is good for the body, but dream-work is great for the soul.
Lucid dreaming can take all of this to an even deeper level. Sure, keeping a dream journal is something everyone should always do -- but what if you could actually control your dreams to create self-made experiences in the astral realm? It's possible, and it's easier than you think -- especially if you use the power of the Moon to facilitate it. The definition of a lucid dream is basically any dream in which you are aware that you are dreaming. Have you ever had that experience accidentally and wanted to recreate it? Using the Moon can help get you there!
Start by noting when the Moon is in Water signs (Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces). You can look this up in our Moon Signs section. Our dream lives are richer and more accessible when the lunar energy is in these signs, so you have three times a month to start your lucid dreaming attempts. This isn't to say you can't have lucid dreams when the Moon is in a Fire sign like Aries or Leo, or an Earth sign like Virgo or Taurus -- it's just that the Water signs provide more openness and create an easier way to navigate the space between the subconscious and waking mind. Even if the Moon isn't in a Water sign, the three days leading up to the full Moon are also an excellent window for initiating a lucid dreaming practice.
Begin to tune into the Moon's energy by spending time outside under the Moon when weather permits, or just gazing at it through a window when it's too cold to be outside. Note how the Moon makes your body feel. Do you shiver or take deeper breaths when you gaze at the full Moon? It can make your spine tingle or your hair stand on end.
During the day, for a few days leading up to your first attempt at lucid dreaming, say to yourself, "Am I dreaming?" and note that you're firmly in your waking reality. The more you do this, the easier it will be to do it in your actual dreams at night. If you don't use a dream journal, start one. Use it for at least a week before you begin your lucid dreaming practice. Honing your dream recall will definitely make you a better lucid dreamer.
Try to avoid caffeine after 12pm on the day you plan to attempt your first lucid dream, and get to bed early, avoiding electronics and TV at least an hour before bedtime. Set the mood by lighting a lavender candle, taking a warm essential oil bath, and drinking some soothing herbal tea. In other words, make sure you're deeply, deeply relaxed. A sleeping mask is a great tool to have as well, especially if the bedroom that you sleep in isn't pitch dark. The one caveat regarding complete darkness is that if you make your attempt on the night of a full Moon, it's okay to have a bit of moonlight streaming through your window.
Set your alarm for about a half an hour earlier than the time you usually wake up -- this is so you can remember your dreams, because we dream more often in our REM cycle, which takes place at later stages of our sleep cycle. When your head hits the pillow, mentally prepare yourself by saying, "I am going to wake up in my dreams tonight."
It may not happen the first night, or the second or the fifth, but with regular practice, you can have your first lucid dream. Once you realize that you're dreaming, test it by leaning against a wall (if you're dreaming you might fall through) or looking into a mirror (in a dream your image will likely be blurry).
If you're in a lucid dream and feel like you're about to wake up, try looking down to ground yourself. But if you do wake up, don't be too frustrated -- becoming a regular lucid dreamer definitely takes practice. Using the Moon as an adjunct to your dream-work is one of the best ways to ease into it -- and to have miraculous, healing experiences while you're asleep!